Kiddie Voice – No Child Left Behind

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It was just a day or two ago that I told you about the Child Minder safety alarm. I found it a shame that our hectic lifestyles could put any of us in such a haze that we could actually forget our child in the backseat of the car. It’s an unbelievable tragedy and I thought the 70 dollar safety alarm had its place, even if it saved just one kid.

But can the interest of safety go to far? As of February, one Florida county has an ordinance  that requires all licensed daycare centers to install alarms in school vehicles that remind drivers to check for children upon vehicle shut off, and of course a patented  device called Kiddie Voice was there to meet the call. Kiddie Voice, was specifically designed to make the driver walk to the back of the van or bus in order to deactivate the system.  This  feature ensures that drivers check all the seats before they leave the bus.

I understand that a parent who usually doesn’t take their child to daycare could make a tragic mistake, but a school bus driver? It must be so, because stories of child fatalities or heat related injuries on day care vans and school buses continue to make news. But did we really need an ordinance? Palm Beach County passed a similar ordinance last year and more counties in the U.S. are soon to follow suit. Who knows what comes next?

Well, in case your county is next, the Kiddie Voice Child Reminder System is available at atwecgrp.com for under 300 bucks and is activated when the ignition is turned off and can only be disarmed by a button located in the back. Do you think its actually possible to legislate common sense?

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jtuerff Says: July 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

One day in the summer of 2008 after watching yet again on the TV News about another child be accidentally forgotten and left in a hot car, I decided right then and there I was going to work to bring an end to this. In 4 years of examining the issue and working on a solution, it is clear that this is a modern-day tragedy brought on by the confluence of 1) car safety technology, 2) increased time parents spend driving kids around today and 3) as you indicate, the distraction filled lives we live today. We don’t need to shame the public that this is the case – we need infom and alert them on how this modern-day risk can tragically strike the most caring of parents often around a change in the family routine – but not always. (Learn more about the issue and see one prossible solution at http://www.sbtsafety.com ). And about legislating commonsense, I agree we shouldn’t need to. But in America we have a long history of not living safe as evidenced by the need for seatbelt laws, or people won’t wear them when they drive or ride in a car; as evidenced by the need for helmet laws or motorcyle riders won’t wear them; – two commonsense issues that unfortunately have required legislation. As Americans (me included) for some reason we often live in a state of denial of our own human frailty at the worst possible time; “…We won’t have a car crash, we’re only going a short distance”; or, “…it’s the other guy who goes down on his Harley, not me.” But back to the issue at hand – No, we should not need to legislate child warnings…but we might. We won’t need to if general public opinion changes from condemnation and shaming over the possibility of accidentally forgetting a child to one that is an informed position on the issue and encouages parents and caregivers to take steps to guard themselves against the “modern-day” risk of accidentally forgetting a child in a vehicle.

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